flowers + reading
Jan 3, 2016
Well…Hello again, friends! Hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday with family and friends. Mine was packed with home cooking, long late-night talks, epic daydreaming, leisurely walks, lazy pajama-clad mornings, reconnecting with friends, and precious time with my husband (of 28 years as of yesterday) & sons. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Oh…and then there was the year-end wrestling with the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ I do what I do every day. For me, the process of considering and working through these questions at the end of a long (and usually exhausting) year are necessary to remember my mission and refocus my vision.
Since you are such a huge part of how I spend my days, I wanted to take a few minutes before we start the first full week of 2016 to touch base with you about the plans I have for BB for this coming year. Some things will stay the same and some things will change a little bit, but my motivation for creating BB and my desires for this little community of flower friends remains the same.
I have always dreamed of BB being a place for floral designers and flower lovers to find beauty, inspiration and encouragement. I know your schedules are grueling. I know you fight constantly to find balance between your personal responsibilities and your passion for the flower business. I know many of you get down on yourselves when you scroll through images on social media and feel like you just don’t measure up to what you see on the pages of other designers. And I hear many of you say how alone you feel in your day-to-day routines with so little time left at the end of the day to foster relationships with friends or reach out to other designers for support.
Over the holidays, I thought hard about what BB currently offers you. And then I thought hard about all the things BB could potentially offer you. I struggled with those two thoughts for a couple of weeks. And, in the end, I decided to make one major change to the BB format.
In addition to posts of insanely gorgeous flowers, I desperately want to bring you more in-depth blog posts on relevant topics you are asking me about in emails. I’m also dying to work on a couple of projects that have been floating around in my daydreams, but I can never seem to find the time to bring them to fruition. Since I’m working at full capacity and I can’t create more hours in the day, this year I’ve decided to publish BB blog posts 3 days/week instead of 5 days/week. Look for new BB posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 2016. This will be a big change for me and I’ve worried a bit about losing our daily connection and conversations. So…in order to stay connected, I’ll be on Facebook and Instagram throughout the week posting fun flower features, sharing daily crushes and chatting about what’s on your mind.
I’m excited about what we’ll be able to share and accomplish together in 2016. I never dreamed that BB would bring me so much joy and open the door to so many meaningful friendships. Thank you for flowering alongside me for the last 6 years!
Meet me back here tomorrow. We start off the year with a special guest!
(Images from an afternoon at The Antique Rose Emporium)